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D-Backs Get Laughed Out of the Joint in Series-Opening Loss to Colorado Rockies

What's the best news for the Arizona Diamondbacks following last night's 10-6 loss against the Colorado Rockies in Denver? They live to play another day.

Or maybe that's a bad thing, considering the way this sorry season has gone.

Not sure what to say about Monday night's laugher, which occurred on an atypically warm eve in Denver. In case you didn't catch the game, don't let the final score fool you. This thing was over basically right after it started.

In the first two innings, the D-Backs' defense did that whole olé thing, botching some should-be outs (though they weren't charged with any errors) that allowed the Rockies extra ABs to launch blasts into the thin Rocky Mountain air against Doug Davis (4-10). Following two frames, Colorado led 5-0. After five, 10-1.

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The lopsided count allowed Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa (7-7) to settle into a groove. The left-hander normally doesn't pitch well out of the stretch, but since Arizona didn't put any pressure on him (see only one run and four hits in seven innings), dude was free to go to town on the D-Backs' hitters with a variety of off-speed deliveries.

The Rockies' bullpen conceded a couple of runs in the eighth inning, then played grab-ass and allowed Arizona to score three more in the ninth, before nailing down a win to improve to 51-42 while moving into second place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks dropped to 39-54.

The series continues tonight at Denver's Coors Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. Scheduled starters are Max Scherzer (5-6, 3.64 ERA) versus Aaron Cook (9-3, 3.85 ERA). TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR-AM 620. For more info, see www.dbacks.com.

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